Billy Porter Apologizes To Harry Styles Over The ‘Vogue’ Dress Comments
If you don’t know, Harry Styles made history back in November of 2020 as the first man to appear solo on the cover of Vogue. He did so while wearing a dress, which really got the internet talking.
Most people were in support of Harry, but nearly one year after the cover was released, Billy Porter had something to say about it.
He made headlines a few weeks back for criticizing the cover during an interview with The Sunday Times.
I created the conversation [about non-binary fashion] and yet Vogue still put Harry Styles, a straight white man, in a dress on their cover for the first time. I’m not dragging Harry Styles, but he is the one you’re going to try and use to represent this new conversation? He doesn’t care, he’s just doing it because it’s the thing to do. This is politics for me. This is my life.
Despite the fact that he said he wasn’t “dragging” Harry, people still took it that way. Some people were also upset that Billy labeled Harry as straight when the singer appears to be more ~fluid~ in his approach to sexuality.
In any event, lots of people were angry with Billy, so he decided to clear up the confusion during a recent appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
Harry Styles, I apologize to you for having your name in my mouth. It’s not about you. The conversation is not about you. The conversation is actually deeper than that. It is about the systems of oppression and erasure of people of color who contribute to the culture. Now, that’s a lot to unpack. I’m willing to unpack it, sans the dragging and cancel culture of the Internet, because I do not now, nor will ever, adjudicate my life or humanity in sound bites on social media.
For what it’s worth, Harry didn’t seem all that bothered by Billy’s comment. In fact, he never addressed the comment publicly. He doesn’t seem like the type to take it personally.
Honestly, it looks like he’s just out here living his best life…